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left to individual states, none of them would have happened. yes, we must continue our state- by-state work. but if that is all we do, what we left with? the checkerboard nation for some areas are free and some are not. that is not why harvey milk gave his life for this movement 30 years ago. that is not why you have traveled here. we did not come here to demand partial equality. we did not come here to leave some of our brothers and sisters behind. now is the time. now is the time for the lgbt movement to follow in the footsteps of every successful civil rights movement in our nation's history and finally name our dream. .
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>> we cannot wait for one more child to take his or her own life or to have it brutally taken from them. now is the time, because it is our obligation here to send a message to the young people out there that we are fighting for their full equality from sea to sea, not partial equality in one area over another, and not for quality and some distant future. as we commit ourselves to this noble endeavor, i ask that we first look into our own hearts, because if we are to achieve our
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arrival freedom, we must first free ourselves. we must free ourselves of generations of hate and shame. we must. -- we must free ourselves. we must know in our hearts that we are loved by god, that we are full and equal citizens and that we have every right to demand the honor and dignity accorded every other citizen and every other citizens love in the united states of america. we are here today to tell the world that the love in our heart is beautiful, it is true, and it is strong. now we must share that love. we must lifted up as a shining example of what is good, and we must never let ourselves be ashamed for that love again. that day is gone. that darkness has passed.
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and with strength and our hearts, we must now return to our home towns, to san antonio texas, to holland, michigan, to portland, ore., to every home town, to every mitropoulos, every city, and every county, and we must share our dream of full, federal equality, and not only with our friends and families, but with those who repair might not embrace us. in every district in this nation, we must share our dream, with every federal were separate -- represented, and once and for all dispel the myths and the lies and distortions that have played this nation and played our people for generations. if we want our freedom, we must be strong enough to fight for it. we must be strong enough to play our bodies on the line when necessary and to make our voices heard. standing here before you today, it is clearer than ever that we have that will, and for the
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first time in my life, i no longer feel any fear, and i no longer feel any shame, and there is no longer any doubt in my ÷ that in our lifetime, our dream will be reality and we will be free. thank you. >> please welcome bruce bastion. >> i have been asked several times in the last few weeks what i gave $100,000 to this march in this rally. the answer is very simple. here we are. here we are to make a statement. here we are to be united.
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here we are to pull our energy, focus our anger on what we can do a head. for years, the right wing has beat us. there have been better organized, better funded, and actually better lobbyists to congress. that put us are behind as a community and as a country. that must stop now. to make that happen, everyone of us must become more involved in lobbying, talking to our members of congress. they are the ones who make the laws. they are the ones who need to see is face-to-face, even if they do not want to. nothing is going to change them like us talking to them. there is great power in living who we are, living openly, honestly. i was talking to young man in utah a few weeks ago. i asked him if his family knew
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he was gay. he said yes, well, except for grandmother. i said why doesn't she know? >> well, she is old. it would not really matter. i said well, does she vote? >> he said yes. then it matters. our friends, our families, our co-workers, people around us need to know when they vote for these bigoted politicians, they are voting against us. we have to stand up for we are. we have to stand up to our friends, families, and co- workers. harvey milk love to tell us be out, the who you are. live open, out lives. that is what is going to change. get this straight people who know you to support you.
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my hope today is that we will go home now and really start making this happen. this is a great outing, this is a great day. if we let it in here, we will not release exceed the way we know we can and we must. ñi-- we will not really succeed the way we know we can and we must. talk to state representatives and federal representatives. make them here you and hear our stories. thank you very much. thank you for being here. >> thank you, bruce bastian, the first and largest contributor to this march. please welcome to the stage michael huffington, former
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congressman. [applause] >> it is an honor to be here, especially with the hard-core who has been here the last five hours. thank you for staying. this is truly an historic event, and one that i believe will be remembered as another huge step in the long march towards full equality that has been going on for years and which we will see completed in our lifetimes. for those of you who do not know my story, among other things, i used to be a congressman sitting back there in that building, but those are the years that we need to reach among many, to hear our calls for action on legislation that has been stalled for far too long. i am also a businessman. i am a family man with two
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wonderful children, and i am a man of religious faith. i just want to say loud and clear that not one of those things that i just mentioned about myself is in any way inconsistent with the fact that i am a bisexual american. i am here because as a former republican congressman, i know that the fight for full equality cannot be won by any single party alone. political majorities, and go. unpredictable factors, and sway elections that no pundits' could ever anticipate, and all too often, leaders of both of our political parties, even those who say that they support lgbt
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equality on the campaign trail, failed to take action, because when the time comes to cast their vote, they do not have the political courage to do what is right. i look out here in front of me, and i see that courage on display in the hundreds of thousands of people that did show up for this march. they came from all across america to take a stand and to tell president obama and the members of congress that we helped to elect that now is the time to deliver. now is the time to finally pass hate crimes legislation, after coming so close in the past. now is the time to ban discrimination against lgbt americans in the workplace. now is the time to repeal the self-defeating, backwards policy known as don't ask, don't tell. now is the time to make good on
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the promise of our founding bothers that all men are created equal. i know from personal experience that the members of congress, men and women, believed so strongly in the founding principles of this great country that they were compelled to run for office to make a difference. well, now is the time for them to make that difference. now is the time were then to add their voices to the clamorous roar that has been building for decades. it is the roar of united masses of citizens from all races, all genders, all religions, and all political affiliations, demanding the right and protections that should be afforded every single american. it is the sound of us standing
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here today and demanding nothing less than full equality under the law. we will not rest until we have seen our long march reached the only conclusion that should ever be tolerated by anyone of any political party who calls themselves americans, and that is full equality and all matters covered by civil law. thank you, and god bless you. >> please welcome cherie wolf to the stage. >> i hope blend that is watching, because for the record, my name is sherry will, and i am a socialist. -- i hope glenn beck is
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watching. i want to say one thing. when the establishment argues in this country that the economy is collapsing, that health care is a nightmare, and that because we have two wars in occupations under way, the president's plate is too full right now for civil equality, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people, we need to understand and say bluntly, frankly, and as often as we can. lgbt are the working people who are losing our jobs and having our homes foreclosed on. we are the people are losing our health care, or if we have not, it is crappy, and we are among the tens of thousands of people who are fighting and dying for oil and empires. this president may be new in
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office, but our struggle has been around in this country at the very least since 1950. generations have come and gone, and no civil rights. if the president of the united states in 1953 and take a pen as president eisenhower did and erase our rights in an executive order, that a president in 2009 can take a pen and restore our rights. we want full equality now. this is our rosa parks moment, and we are going to sit at the front of the bus with everybody else. thank you very much. [applause] please telex from -- please now welcomes san diego's city manager. [applause]
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>> this is joseph rocha. he served our country overseas. i stand before you as a proud latino, a senior citizen, a christian, a voter, and a proud, a gay american. [speaking spanish] i have marched on washington with you in 1979, 1987, 1993, 2000, and now, this senior citizen has marched with you in 2009. though my aging bones are aching, this old, happy warrior will march with you until my last breath until we achieve
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full equality. for the glbt movement is indeed the civil rights movement of the 21st century, and we must continue our fight in the streets and in this weeks of political power. my brothers and sisters, the time has come for us to become better bridge builders. we must extend our hands out in support of the communities and issues of the african-american, latino, asian, pacific islander, native american communities. our labor union families, environmentalists, emigration rights, and the women's movement. build bridges, and while we must continue to support the national
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gay and lesbian task force, do not let them take the victory from the national center for lesbian rights. we must also support and join the naacp. unite here now, and all those who work for social justice and change. i am proud that the national gay and lesbian task force has endorsed the movement to make cesar job as a national holiday. will call upon the u.s. postal service to issue a stamp in honor of harvey milk. we must call upon our
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government to stop spending billions of dollars on trying to find out if there is live on the moon and mars, and use that money to save lives here on earth. these are difficult times for many americans, and there are those who are trying to wage a cultural war and divide america. but i have lived through the yellow journalism of the mccarthy era, and hey, fox news, you, too, will not succeed in turning americans against each other. it is our flag, too. our national anthem, too, and our government. we are proud and patriotic americans. when our community soldiers serving in silence, when their flag is spelled in defense of
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our great nation, it is not pink or lavender, but as red as the rest. this old man has lived through the vietnam era, and though we support and pray for all our soldiers across the sea, i say bring them home. indeed, we of the glbt community are marching out of the closets every day, and next year, during the midterm elections, we will be marching into the voting booths. in closing, i say to my beloved community, a sleeping giant has awoken among us. glbt youth and students, stop telling our youth that they are our future, for they are our
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here and now. indeed, the porch of activism and leadership has been passed on to the new generation -- the torch of activism and leadership has been passed on to the new generation. my message to our glbt youth is simple. you are charged with fulfilling the dream and vied for quality of my brothers and myself and so many others. we have been to the mountaintop. we have looked over. we have seen the promised land, and we old warriors may not get there with you, but we want you to know today that we as a community, we as a people, will get to the promised land, for our time has come. god bless you, and god bless america.
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>> knelt welcome garrett -- now welcome direct barrios. >> good afternoon. i am delighted to be with you. thank you. i am honored, my husband and my two children are here with me, and we are honored to be with you today on this journey. here in washington, we debate certain legal rights.
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employment nondiscrimination, marriage, hate crimes, don't ask, don't tell, but the road to equality does not begin here. it never does. our impatient march begins in far more commonplaces and capitol hill, at the office water cooler, at the friday night fish fry, and that facebook paid staring at you from your laptop. in these plainspoken places, it is not legislation, it is not a lawsuit that moves us forward. it is our stories that we tell about our lives. our quality will not be achieved here, but far from this lawn, far from this capital, far from this symbolic place. our quality is born in living rooms, on baseball diamonds.
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one by one, story by story, we help families, friends, and strangers understand our aspirations and our barriers. they do not know or barriers. they did not know that in 29 states, if you are gay, lesbian, or bisexual, you can be fired from your job. they do not know that in 38 states you can be fired for being transgender. they do not know that you are for more likely to commit suicide. they do not understand that we pay our taxes. they do not understand that in doing that, we have a right to social security benefits and pensions, but we cannot get them. they do not understand that we need them for our families. our own stories, told everyday, to the people who need to hear them the most.
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it is the most impact full way of winning are equality, and it is how we will finally marshall this nation towards fulfilling its promise and our dreams. not a bold campaign pledge from a candidate or an unmet promise from president. no one in this city will ever be our savior, and all of the wishing and hoping and dreaming and awaiting will not make it so. for those who have journeyed from other places, look back to where you came from. that is your answer. there lies our equality. that is how we will retrieve -- how will achieve the democracy envisioned by our founders, and every time we pledged one nation under god, with liberty and
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justice for all. as a child, you learn what america minute the day you work talere taught. today we reflect on those hallowed words and ask with humility and impatience, doesn't "all people" mean us, too? we believe that in our america and in our nation. if you ask these questions, if you tell your stories, if you leave your like steadfast in valuing and respecting everyone, and asking only of others that they do the same for us, in
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america, we call that progress. that is how america works. it is like a story. once you have told it, it,untell it. once you have change someone's heart and mind, that is progress. that is the story of america, a never ending journey towards greater inclusion, progress. it will not be easy, and i suspect you all know that. that is why you are here on this remarkable day in this story this city. but do not look here for the answer. no politician will be our messiah. what we have is ourselves and our allies and our stories. but in america, with these things, that has always been enough. thank you.
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kristy march for the democratic national committee prior to her wor with the united farm workers union. she helped -- her work is based on the values passed down to her from her grandfather. the fight for civil rights, social justice, a labor equality. please welcome christine chavez. >> i will be very brief. i know it has been a long day. i just wanted to say thank you so much for inviting me to be here, and thank you for inviting me to be part of this movement. of 20 years ago, my grandfather stood here and declared his unwavering support for the lgbt
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community. today is an honor for me to stand in the shadows of his legacy to demonstrate unity and solidarity with you. i want to share every story. several years ago i had the privilege of attending the funeral of rosa parks in california. there is a poet there. while she was eulogizing mrs. parks, she was explaining to us that on that day that mrs. parks refused to give up her seat, she was not only physically tired, but she was also mentally tired of not fighting back. the poet then went on to ask all of us, what is it that you are tired of? this is the list that i came up with. i am tired that as a woman, as they latina, i am constantly having to defend my right to choose. i am tired that the dropout rate
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among our african-american and latino children continues to grow at an alarming rate. i am tired that immigrants who put food on our tables and work in our motels and factories continue to live in the shadows because we cannot come up with good emigration policies. what i am especially tired that gay and lesbians in this country are not given all the same rights that were given to my husband oskar and i when we set i do, and i want to fight with you. so please, please, continue the fight. like my grandfather used to say, yes, we can. thank you. [applause] please welcome back to the stage, robyn mcgehee.
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>> it has been a long day for all of us. there are some very important people who want to share a message, but i want to share just a quick, brief message for mr. president. i had dreamed of the day would serve in the white house is watching you speak at the 2004 democratic national convention, when you spoke the words, we are not a straight america are a gay america, but the u.s. of america. i fell in love with your persuasive rhetoric of inclusion in change, and from that moment, i promoted you, i defended you, even choosing to campaign against a woman to become the first president of the united states of america. now i wait, as people have claimed that we must give you time, weight as i have watched you have time to return policies that were set in place by the bush administration, and my family suffers because of that discrimination of proposition 8.
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i believe in you, and i still believe in you. i will be honest, last night i even wanted to believe in you again, because i fell in love with your beautiful persuasion when you spoke to cnn and the human rights campaign. but we are past the point of wondering if you know how to speak about the rights we deserve. this is not a cliff notes test on what you know youlgbt struggles. it is time to take action and speak against the discrimination that is about to happen in states like maine and washington and possibly the district of columbia. happened recently in the state of california and it can happen again. i know you can identify our struggles. i want evidence that you can be a fierce advocate for my children and for the lgbt community. i have two young children that deserve the same dignity that martin luther king's children
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dreamed up in 1963. i am not happy enough with an easter egg roll on the lawn of the white house, because that is just like a ticket on the back of the bus. i am not the type of mother that will raise my children to worship a president' that he believes in. i am begging you, president obama, to listen to the people that are speaking to you today from the streets of activism to the suites of activism, because we do believe in you, and i want you to produce the courage to change the way the fabric of this company has been built to discriminate and oppressed people for far too long. thank you, and please welcome the congressional district action team leaders.
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>> please welcome i reaall these people. they are just as important as anyone who has name recognition, and one day i hope all of you will do all that you can do to make just as much of a difference as the people who work able to claim the speech today. >> that afternoon. i am so glad to be here today. what i tell my special needs students back home is that success breeds success. so, president obama, i congratulate you on your success as our president. i voted for you. i worked very hard for you.
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i turned my own precinct blue for you. and i congratulate you on the honor of the peace prize. my dream is that every one of your successes will continue to build more success, and we want that success for us. we want you to change what has been happening and bring that to us, too. you can do that, you can do that for us. national equality is what we want. federal equality. i ask myself, where does one person begin? equality across america helps me understand, the place to start is with myself. where does one person again? you begin with yourself. i do not have an active, al, lgbt community to rely on where
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i live. my community is in the backyard of the don't ask, don't tell army base. i reached out for equality for america and they reached back and they are continuing to reach back to me, right where i live. that is why i am here, believing i can make a difference in my very closeted, conservative congressional district in the heart of central texas, in the shadow of the largest military installation in the world. my partner and i long for the comfort of a local active, gay community, but we understand that our sense of isolation must not keep us silent. do you know what you are going to do when you go home?
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forgive me for repeating myself. i am a schoolteacher, and the importance questions always bear repeating. so i ask you again, do you know what you are going to do when you return home? i am going to ask my school board in the district where i teach to implement an inclusive, proactive, anti-bleeding curriculum that will help support all students, whether they are lgbt or straight. our young children deserve better. i will keep reaching out to my community, making it known to any and all who will listen that now is the time for national equality. i want to finally be able to marry my beloved partner of 25 years.
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and we must repealed don't ask, don't tell immediately. you and i live in small towns across this land, we make a difference one courageous act at a time. if coming out to your family or your co-workers is a courageous act for you, then start their. if you are already out, but no one around you is, then be yourself. your loving, caring, passionate, proud self, and let your heart and determination for justice lead you to the next courageous act. as you take that step, remember , close your eyes, breathed deeply, visualize everyone who has been at this march, and say to yourself, i am not alone. as i speak, the voices of
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hundreds of thousands of my brothers and sisters resounds in meat, making my words strong and compelling -- resound in me. i know you will be with me, and i let you all. now you can stop waiting for someone to do something in your congressional district back home, because that someone issu you, and it is time to do something now. thank you. >> i am a member of the international socialist organization, and i am representing new york city. we brought about 40 busloads of people from new york city today, although i am afraid most of them are not still here.
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i am really proud of the fantastic organizers i had the privilege to work alongside in new york. i am also fiercely proud of the activists fighting on the front lines of lgbt in my home state of maine. when we talk about next steps for our movement in new york city, there was an immediate impulse to support the campaign in maine, which may seem counterintuitive. why devote precious resources to helping maine, when we do not yet have a quality in new york? because new york city has resources maine does not have. if maine wednesday marriage decisively, it will be a victory for us all, and it will smooth the way forward for all of us. this is why i believe that for this movement to be strong enough to create real and lasting change, it will have to
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expand across borders. not just a borders, but also the obstacles that continue to abide as both inside and outside the movement, like discrimination based on race, gender, or religious preference. immediately after 9/11, arabs and muslims or instantly demonized, and jerry falwell said he believed the attacks on the world trade center was a punishment from god, that the abortionists, feminist, and gays helped this to happen. anyone who has ever been in the closet out of fear of retribution, hatred, and violence, should know exactly how arabs and muslims feel when they are constantly suspected as terrorists. in new york city right now, a young man has been unjustly held
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in solitary confinement for two years. the judge has been as harsh as she can be, even with a courtroom filled to overflowing with friends and family at each hearing, because she knows nobody outside their community will speak up for a muslim man. this is not so different from the way police officers ruthlessly seek out and abuse lgbt people and particularly those of color outside bars and nightclubs, knowing nobody outside the lgbt community will stand up for them. nothing would scare the racist, sexist, and homophobic elements of our criminal justice system more than solidarity between struggles that appear to be disconnected. in the next steps of our movement, i want to see the hundreds of new yorkers who were here in washington today outside the metropolitan correctional
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center as a weekly monday evening a vigil initiated by the raiders against work. i want to see lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people buying to end the death penalty. at the same time, teaching anti- racist about the struggle for gay liberation. i want to see lgbt abortion clinic escorts were a right wing can be found brutally harassing women and attending them to pretend them from receiving gynecological care. -- to prevent them from receiving gynecological care. the more we join forces, the more we went, and the more we win, the more we can demand. what do you want after we wingate marriage and full equality? after a moratorium on home
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foreclosure, after abolishing the death penalty, after we win universal health care, after forgiveness of student loan debt, after ending the occupations of iraq and afghanistan? what else do we want? more. we can win all of this and more together, but we cannot be afraid to cross certain lines to get there, and we can never, never back down. [applause] >> i am john blake, co-founder of montana equality now. i mixed, day, and from montana. i co-founder and i found it montana equality now in response to a feeling as we travelled
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throughout montana and the nation. it was a feeling of stale hope and stagnation. there is a feeling in my generation of a reduction of overt hatred, but we can see the glass ceiling. we know that in some places, being safe means being invisible. despite this, i have hope. i know that i need amazing people every day. allies, that without knowledge of who i am, defend my right to exist, to be safe, to love. youth, even younger than my 13 years of age are coming out. most importantly, people like you, people that, despite the economy, homelike, homework, are
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coming out on this national coming out day to be visible, to demand equality, to live the principles of this great nation. i am empowered to see so many of us and our allies here today. let's take this energy home, and like the aclu slogan says, get busy getting equal. thank you. >> i have a couple of things to say. barack obama said james does not come from washington, change comes to washington. we came today to change washington.
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change also does not trickle from the top down. change comes from the bottom up. if you look at the demonstration today and how it was organized, and who organized it, it shows you the new face of our movement. it is not a face that is rich, not a face that has been doing this for the last 30 or 40 years in ngo offices, gold- plated ochses, black-tie galas, or anything like this. a lot of the ways people were organized and mobilized to come here today were from grass-roots groups that formed last november out of the wave upper anti- proposition 8 protests that erupted across the country. that is the face of what our new movement looks like. it is multi generational, we have no budget, we are politically independent, and it has also been an open space for
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new people who have never been activists before. so for all the people who are here, especially the hard core who are left here after five or six hours, and we have to deal with this issue of what we do next? we marched, we mobilized more than 100,000 people. what do we do next? i want to say that even though we had tens of thousands, more than 100,000 people here today, 200,000 people here today, there are millions more like us out there that still have to be organized. that is the call to action, leading this demonstration. we have to go find those people. we have to organize those people. we have to get those people active and struggle. one thing you can do is go to the quality across america website.
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sign up, and figure out who lives in the same area as you, and get in touch with them. participate. if you go to the website, you see that we have called for a national week of initiatives, from november 1 to november 8, a week to do something to get active. have a meeting. show a movie. do something to let people know that this was not a one time affair, that this is part of a movement, that the march was the beginning, not the end. the last thing to do is get organized. even if you are one person, you know other people who are thinking the same things that you are, who want to do more, who want to get active. it organized with those people. form groups and organizations. organize other people. get involved and stay active. >> i am proud to be a bisexual,
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where american. i am walking across the united states right now to raise awareness of the homeless youth epidemic in america. not many people know that 40% of homeless youths identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. they are dehumanized. they are often shunned, even by their own communities sometimes. they carry in their hearts a deeply beautiful message. their love is fierce and relentless. they continue to live the message thelgbt people with perfect clarity. no matter what you do to me, no matter what you take from me, no matter how far are deep the wounds may go, i will remain remarkably authentic. just like all of us, these homeless youth who graced the
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streets of our cities with their presence are homeless because they will not hide. they will not be silent. they will not be coerced into complacency, nor will they been to the rules of a society that has always seen them as unequal, a society that denies them the right to simply love. instead, they stand firmly in their conviction of a better world and continue to hope, even when hope seems to be lost. i am here today to bring you the message that homeless youth share with us, and when we hear this message that the solidarity that rings with every creed, every gender, every orientation, every age, and every walk of life been out a song of authenticity within every individual's parheart.
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i am a little overwhelmed. we come here to this world to bridge the gap between love and fear, to bridge the gap between ignorance and acceptance, to bridge the gap between the traumatic experience of having been publicly and privately stripped of our dignity and are conscious choice to reclaim the freedom that is rightfully ours. we have searched the for a better understanding, and in the light of our understanding, we have found clarity and truth, and the truth has set us free. we who are marching now en masse as valiant warriors, born into a world that still hates, judges, and fears, we'll are now marching in millions worldwide, that a celebrate one another in unity that has come with great personal sacrifice and never-
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ending hard labors. this unity, this solidarity thrives on the joy that each one of us feels when we are being authentic, when we are expressing who we are without judging ourselves and without fearing ourselves. we have suffered in the shadows of fear too long. now is the time to let our light poor from the very center of who we are into the darkness of this world and shine. we are brilliantly adorned with truth. have pride. we stand steadfast amid unbelievable adversity. we are so strong. see now that the message we have carried for so long is manifesting itself as we speak. see now that our time has come. thank you. >> please welcome a poet whose
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spoken word tackles race and gender with candor, eloquence, and humor. >> i am a 25-year-old asian tranche gender a female to male poet. when i was asked to introduce our boxer, -- barbara boxer, she has given us the option to express our genders and identities in our everyday lives. each day, i find the challenges of being a trans person are still present. in college a remember searching endlessly for pamphlets, brochures, and websites to explain to my mother. every month, i am forced to lie to clinics, doctors, and
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pharmacies, in order to get precious bottles of testosterone. i have to find loopholes in laws just to fill a prescription. every day i struggle to find the courage to honestly set to page these stories, emotions, issues, and actions affecting my queer, trans, asian-pacific islander communities and other communities of color. i once played a show where a woman in the back at saying, why do we have to listen to to listentranny, de poetry? which is why i will never stop my tranny, gay poetry. today as we find ourselves marching in a unified voice for equality, march with pride, and use your personal stories and
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voices to create and demand change here in washington, and take it home. this is precisely the kind of work that marcia boxer has been doing for decades. recently she tell me about a visit to a support group that she helped form the year i was born. the joy in her voice let me smiling. watching trans people were uncomfortable in their own skin, and finding a family with whom to share their hardships and triumphs. her work as an activist and leader in our community as well as being on the board of the executive committee of this march and a co-chair of the national gay and lesbian task force has not only are heard national recognition and multiple lifetime achievement awards, it has earned her a place in the hearts of thousands of people whose lives are better because of her commitment to this change.
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it is my great honor and pleasure to introduce to you today miss marcia boxer. [applause] >> my friends, there is only one sublime and honest partner for us all, and that is full equality. you in your glory and power, in my time i have known thousands of individuals from all the voices of the earth, and those individuals have come forward and ask the question, who am i, and how am i going to bring my true self into the world and join it with the common good? from their great interest, i have learned something about change. i have learned the message that
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transgendered identity and expiration is the same message that these experiences have always offered. real change is rarely ever easy , but also, on us, heartburn change is the only thing that has ever saved a person -- hard- earned change. think of any brave ones to have passed. remember them all. they call to us from history and eternity. is in the shadows now, but hours rises and calls. the dream burns, and our time comes around at last.
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at this time, art speak, as we live is ours. speak for them, but act for us. i ask you to make smart communication across the goal. read history, and never let a slight or petty anger movie from the task you are on. tell the sense is that queers count. the lgbt community -- if right now you are the one who can commit to all around you that you will give your heart and your breath to our great task of full equality. there is no greater thing that
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you can do, no greater weight to spend your heart beats than in the service of justice, fairness, and full equality. do this, and we will be united, all allies, all loving partners united, all our identities sake. embracing equality and embraced by equality. in that pure condition of honor, all that has been done, for all that we will do, let us change hearts, minds, world, and be forever and in every future memory, the generation of equality. and he. [applause]


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